Arthur: ‘I am in good health’

For the second time in less than a year, there have been unsubstantiated rumours of former Prime Minister Owen Arthur’s demise.

And just as he was forced to do last November, Arthur today sought to publicly quell vicious reports, circulating on social media, of his death.

Ironically, it was only yesterday that Arthur had raised the issue of his own mortality during an interview with Barbados TODAY, in which he said he was forced to seriously reflect on his life in general, following a recent vehicular accident.

“I was absolutely sure I was going to die,” he said of his collision on December 21 with a ZR van at Wanstead, St James.

“The guy came around the corner so fast that I had to commit myself to coming out of a junction . . . I saw him and he was coming at such a pace that he could not stop and I swerved at the last minute to avoid being hit full on,” Arthur recalled, while complaining that private public service vehicles in Barbados drive too fast at peak hours.

Arthur appeared in good heath and high spirits as he spoke with Barbados TODAY yesterday.

Having survived this brush with fate, a thankful Arthur, who was forced to seek private medical attention for neck and back pains in the immediate aftermath of the accident, chuckled saying: “That wasn’t going to take me. I am in good health. I manage my health in the hope that I could live many, many years.”

However, while acknowledging that he was now at the exact age at which this island’s founding father Errol Barrow died, the 67-year-old former Prime Minister said he was forced to consider his own mortality from time to time.

It was in that context that he also sought to downplay recent suggestions of him making one last political comeback, even though he left the question of his political future hanging high in the air.

“I will offer Barbados my advice but I make a distinction between being powerful and power hungry,” he said when asked by Barbados TODAY if he planned to run for political office again.

“I do not have to have my hands on the wheels to be influential or powerful. I have a voice and I can make my voice heard and the notion I have is to always be in the trenches . . . and I will make those judgements in due course.

“In any event, I don’t have a party to run with. I don’t. And there is no virtue in being an independent candidate. I am not going to be an independent candidate. That is being a spoiler. I am not a member of either of the two political parties. I have not thrown in my lot with the third party that is being formed, so I am a man without a political home. And at the last count, I seem to recall that it is a majority to be able to constitute a Government and I take all of these things into consideration. I really do,” he explained, even though he had previously indicated that the 2013 election campaign would have been his last, and would have since given his blessing to his BLP successor in St Peter Colin Jordan.

However, after nearly 40 years in public life, Arthur, who is the island’s longest serving Member of Parliament since the attainment of adult suffrage in 1951, acknowledged that “there is always that allure of a person in St Peter canvassing that is so well treated by the people and the temptation to continue that good treatment is always there”.

And though his primary political interest was still to safeguard Barbados’ general well-being, he said he was certainly not interested in having a career reset at this stage.

“I feel fulfilled and to give 40 years to representative politics in Barbados is to go beyond what any politician has ever done,” said Arthur, who is currently establishing himself as a regional consultant as a fellow of the University of the West Indies.

In fact, he proclaimed that “I have a life . . . and I would love to be able to have a life in Barbados after politics . . . [since] in my adult life I have only spent 18 months outside of politics”.

From a personal perspective, Arthur also said, “I have a young family and I have folks that want me to live . . . On Sundays I go walking with my grand daughter and she looks forward to that, and my daughter was very clear, she said, ‘daddy, I would like my children to know you’, and those things matter, they really do,” he told Barbados TODAY, while suggesting that any decision to continue on in politics would have to made with the approval of his daughter Leah and his grand daughter Isabelle.

16 Responses to Arthur: ‘I am in good health’

  1. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan March 1, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I wonder where the international press got this information from….

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  2. Bradg March 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Good for you Arthur. You have nothing to prove to anybody.

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  3. Sabrina Brathwaite
    Sabrina Brathwaite March 1, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    This is bare foolishness. Trying to kill the man

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  4. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade March 1, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    They want him dead but we all must die the one that sending this karma will get them

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  5. Matie Siew
    Matie Siew March 1, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Poor owen them want he dead before he time but he will live long enough.

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  6. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 1, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    He ain’t dead physically. What they mean is that the DLP is going to destroyed him with stress. Gillo have a song that they played for Mr Brandford Tait. You need to listen to that song .it called time to go home.what you think, that they will make you governor general.It better you joined the DLP and take over the leadership. What is for a person they will get it .You can’t stop miss MOTTLEY now. The people already made up their mind to make her the first FEMALE prime minister of Barbados. HILARY CLINTON didn’t make it for America. The writing is on the wall. I think that you are a bit to late.LOVE AND HATE ,COULD NEVER BE FRIENDS.

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    • Sherlock Holmes. March 2, 2017 at 5:22 am

      Angus it literally pained me to read what you posted, more so grammatically. Are sure the people have their minds made up? I was of the opinion from the mouthings of persons just like you that Hillary Clinton had the keys to the White house, i mean she was supposedly in the lead 98 – 1 with such great odds. I wasn’t convinced though i knew the Donald was going to win.I hope you and your crowd take note politics and election outcomes can change in a minute heck even in seconds,stop counting the proverbial chickens before they hatch in time we will all see the outcome.By the way sometimes a person can be their own enemy as proven in the case of Hillary her confidence and arrogance saw her own demise read between the lines if you can Angus.

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  7. Big Brown March 1, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Anything for a headline and a few column inches, eh?

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  8. Alex Alleyne March 1, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    When a “MAN is his own MAN” , some people will go all out to control and or harm him.
    What next will they all come up with. If The goodly gentleman is thinking BARBADOS first, then why not help CHRIS seeing that he is trying to walk the road alone and in deep trouble.
    But for sure , I do not see PM. STUART & FORMER PM ARTHUR sitting in the same room discussing DEM political strategies.
    He and Chris will meet in a BAR holding couple “beverages”.

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  9. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock March 1, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Keep on pressing on! Don’t ever give up!

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  10. Jennifer March 1, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    This reminds me of the story of the boy who cried WOLF.

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  11. Jennifer March 1, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    The eyes have it 🙂

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  12. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade March 1, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Jai khan do you know a baby can tell you

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  13. BaJan boy March 2, 2017 at 6:57 am

    @ Sherlock Holmes no one expects anything different from people like you who have enjoyed the Thompson fatted cow that kill the economy. All of you guys are now wealthy and think you can buy another election. There is no one more confident than Freundel Stuart who now seems to think theat he is the God of Barbados.

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  14. North Point March 2, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Mr. Arthur who in the world wants to see you dead, we in BIM wants too know???. Two death notices, and one accident, Sit, its too close for comfort. We are glad to see that you are alive and kicking and willing to lend a hand to the place you call home. if the ship is sinking why stand idle and just talk when you can give a hand, remember we are all on board with our entire families. Give your support and knowledge to a worth wise cause.
    we are still Bajans, “B” or “D”

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  15. Helicopter(8P) March 7, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Is it the way that Barbadians drive on public highways that identifies the way they think? We hope not! It’s great to see that you’re alive and well (Owen) Mr.Arthur!

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